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Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia is one of the nation's foremost historians of the American Civil War. Often, however - as in Lee and His Generals in War and Memory - Gallagher's concern is not so much what happened in the Late Unpleasantness but what we think we remember about it.
This book, while not read by the staff here, could be interesting. The causes of the war listed are all legitimate from our study. Some weigh more heavily than others in the influence they had on motivating the combatants.
Not much has changed, actually, over the years. Being a member of the military and having fought in a war I can honestly say there are many differing opinions among the troops as to why they are there, how much they support the fight, etc. As with the Civil War, I am sure some views are held by more people and some by less, but all are represented.